The IMA gallery will be forced to leave our current location on the third floor of 80 Spadina and move into a new space with an intended re-opening in September 2014. Currently there are two possible options for a new home and we would like student opinion on which location you think would be more suitable. Please help us decide on a new home by clicking HERE!
The time is now! For the upcoming exhibition year (Sept 2014-August 2015), we intend to consider all submissions for both solo and group shows and are open to curatorial proposals, artist-made books and works that could activate a street-front window space (projects, screen-based projects, vinyl…etc). Click here for more details!
Curated by: Samantha Wehbi
April 30th – May 24th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 3rd, 2PM – 5PM
I’m Not There is a photographic project that explores the presence of nostalgic places, as memory and images, in the lives of those among the Iranian diaspora in Toronto who are unable to return to their homeland. The subjects of this photographic project are Iranians who have left their homeland for different reasons and at different times. Among the subjects are political dissidents, artists, gays, lesbians and religious minorities who were forced to flee because of persecution and, in some cases, threat of execution. This project will touch upon concepts and themes of exile and nostalgia for a home that is longed for but out of reach. As an Iranian living in Canada, Aghvami was compelled to delve into this topic, which spoke to him on a personal level. Moreover, his interest in Iran’s current politics was a strong motivation for him to think more deeply about the notion of exile and to commence this project. Continue reading
April 2nd – 26th, 2014
Opening Reception: April 3rd, 6PM-9PM
“A miraculous compound, it is the primary source and vivifying factor of all sustenance and, by extension, all life as we know it…Water has the power to purify: to restore and replenish life to our essential, spiritual selves.” (Rivkah Slonim)
For centuries, water has been used as an integral part of religious rituals for different faiths throughout the world. These rituals are often performed in the public eye so that many can witness them. However, in the Jewish faith, there is one private ritual for a woman that involves immersion in a special pool of water, called a mikvah.
This exhibit sheds light on both the traditional and modern beauty of the mikvah ritual. The photographic series addresses three integral components of the tradition of purity: religiously observant women, the accessories needed to prepare for the ritual immersion, and the mikvah spaces themselves. The portraits are taken with unique vantage points that cleverly protect the identity of the women, while the accessories are presented in a way that elevates seemingly utilitarian objects to specialized utensils that serve a higher purpose. The mikvah images go beyond architectural interiors; they subtly reveal the detailed process involved in the ritual.
The mikvah ritual has many layers of significance, connecting generations of Jewish women. The subject matter is a delicate one; yet, Slovin’s bold photographs are also imbued with a deep sensitivity and intimacy. The photographs in this exhibit respectfully offer insight into this timeless, private tradition of purity.
Margalit Slovin is a Canadian/American photographer who recently graduated from the BFA photography program at Ryerson University. Since then, she has moved to Israel to work at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Margalit’s compelling photographic art works highlight specifics within culture, religion, and identity, often through a combination of portraits and landscapes.
Work by Ryerson 3rd Year Photography Students
March 5th – March 29th, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, March 6th, 7 – 9 p.m.
Modality is a specific way in which information is encoded for its presentation to individuals. As photographers, modality is expressed through the making and displaying of images. When dealing with a certain theme, such as the Human Subject, we think about our own experiences and this influences the creation of our photographs. As artists we rarely go out into the world and record objectively. The use of the camera gives us the opportunity to be selective and transform “raw material” into an image that speaks within a narrative of subjectivity. Our choice in how we communicate through photographs distinguishes us as artists; if everyone recorded the same way, the expressive opportunities in photography, and art in general, would be limited.
Ryerson University – Third Year New Media Exhibition
February 5th – March 1st, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, February 6th, 6 – 9 p.m.
“How do I look?” said the insecure artist to the computer. Continue reading
Blueprints – Callan Field
January 16th – February 1st, 2014
Opening Reception – Thursday, January 16th, 6 p.m. – 9p.m.
Within the fields of archeology and anthropology it is often remarked that humanity is the only known force capable of marking straight lines into the surface of the earth. As such, anywhere linear lines are found, a human presence existed. When these modifications are viewed from an aerial perspective, they form geometric shapes and patterns of human land use that are unremarkable or unperceivable from the ground.
Full Frame is finally here! We look forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow’s 7pm opening reception !
Full Frame – November 28 – December 7, 2013
Collector’s Preview: Nov 28th, 4 – 7 p.m.
Opening Reception: Nov 28th 7 – 10 p.m
We are revealing 2 pieces of work everyday up until the day of Full Frame so RSVP our Facebook Event for exclusive previews !
Raffle tickets for Full Frame: Holiday Show & Auction are on sale now! Buy tickets at the IMA Lobby from November 18th to the 26th, 12pm to 3pm!
$200 Gift Certificate @ Toronto Image Works
$150 Gift Certificate @ Above Ground Art Supplies
+ $400 in art supplies from Above Ground
$100 Gift Certificate @ The Drake Hotel
Free One Night’s Stay @ The Gladstone Hotel
Frames from Adina Photo and Elpro Photo
Balzac’s Coffee Gift Cards & Posters
Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters Coffee & Gift Cards
Free Portrait TinType Studio
And much, much more!!
Tickets are $2 or 3 for $5
Get ‘em while you can!!
Also a huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for making all of this possible!